The Digital Street

  title={The Digital Street},
  author={Jeffrey Lane},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  pages={43 - 58}
  • Jeffrey Lane
  • Published 1 January 2016
  • Sociology
  • American Behavioral Scientist
This article makes the case that street life is characterized by its flow online and offline. Such change requires a new way of doing street ethnography that holds great promise for urban and digital scholars alike. I walk through a set of empirical cases drawn from years of participant observation on the ground and in the network with the same set of teenagers in Harlem. The fieldwork modeled also shifts concepts of public space, reworking Elijah Anderson’s Code of the Street through digital… 

Figures from this paper

Digital Urban Ethnography: A Book Review of The Digital Street

Jeffery Lane explores the social worlds of youth in Harlem during the digital era through his unique approach, digital urban ethnography. Researchers use this ethnographic method to understand how

Seeing the street through Instagram. Digital platforms and the amplification of gentrification

As digital platforms are woven into urban life, they become an intrinsic part of the urban experience. Here we examine how representations on digital platforms reflect and shape urban change. Which

Clarifying street culture: integrating a diversity of opinions and voices

ABSTRACT Scholarly fields are meant to be dynamic to accommodate new information that is infused with old. One of these areas is the notion, subject, subfield and process of street culture. Despite

GangstaLife: Fusing Urban Ethnography with Netnography in Gang Studies

Recent research on street-involved populations has documented their online presence and has highlighted the effects of their online presentations on their lives in the real world. Given the

“You Can Connect with Like, the World!”: Social Platforms, Survival Support, and Digital Inequalities for People Experiencing Homelessness

This study examines how people experiencing homelessness invest their efforts in locating survival support over social media and crowdfunding and the barriers they experience along the way. Reporting

Digital Ethnography for Sociology: Craft, Rigor, and Creativity

This special issue gathers empirical papers that develop and employ digital ethnographic methods to answer core sociological questions related to community, culture, urban life, violence, activism,

The Digital Urban Fabric: Affordances of Connectivity and Datafication

  • T. Jachna
  • History
    Wiring the Streets, Surfing the Square
  • 2021
This chapter investigates the affordances that support the aspect of INTERACTION/COMMUNICATION, from which public space is performatively constructed. The connectivity, afforded by digital

Conviviality Is Not Enough: A Communication Perspective to the City of Difference

This article interrogates the ways in which urban communication enables or prevents politics of conviviality in the multicultural city. A multimethod, primarily qualitative, study in a London

Policing the Digital Divide: Institutional Gate-keeping & Criminalizing Digital Inclusion

This study estimates the causal effect of free Wi-Fi at chain restaurants on quality-of-life crime reporting and suggests that internet access itself may be actively policed by social institutions, in this case, national chain restaurants and the police to protect access for some at the expense of others.



Digital Ethnography

The rise of digital technologies has the potential to open new directions in ethnography. Despite the ubiquity of these technologies, their infiltration into popular sociological research methods is

Networked Publics

Digital media and network technologies are now part of everyday life. The Internet has become the backbone of communication, commerce, and media; the ubiquitous mobile phone connects us with others

Social Network Sites as Networked Publics: Affordances, Dynamics, and Implications

Social network sites have gained tremendous traction recently as a popular online hangout spaces for both youth and adults. People flock to them to socialize with their friends and acquaintances, to

THE SOCIAL ORDER OF THE SLUM Ethnicity and Territory in the Inner City

While he did the research for this book, Gerald Suttles lived for almost three years in the high-delinquency area around Hull House on Chicago's New West Side. He came to know it intimately and was

The Digital Street

The Digital Street, by Jeffrey Lane, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2018, 256 pp., $24.95 (paperback), ISBN: 9780199381272 The Digital Edge: How Black and Latino Youth Navigate Digital Inequality,

The portable community: envisioning and examining mobile social connectedness

  • M. Chayko
  • Sociology
    Int. J. Web Based Communities
  • 2007
Some of the sociological implications of mobile technology, including the rise in personal availability and societal cohesion, attendant risks and dangers, and the extent to which social interaction has become increasingly harnessed or controlled are discussed.

Trace Ethnography: Following Coordination through Documentary Practices

We detail the methodology of 'trace ethnography', which combines the richness of participant- observation with the wealth of data in logs so as to reconstruct patterns and practices of users in

Off the Books

Working "off the books" providing services in exchange for untaxed or in-kind wages is an everyday affair throughout the United States. In cities and suburbs, both rich and poor, the "underground

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

1 Introduction Part One: The Peculiar Nature of Cities 2 The uses of sidewalks: safety 3 The uses of sidewalks: contact 4 The uses of sidewalks: assimilating children 5 The uses of neighbourhood

Doing Sensory Ethnography

An accessible discussion and analysis of the theoretical methodological and practical aspects of doing sensory ethnography, drawing on examples and case studies from the growing literature on sensory